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In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so wh In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own.


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In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so wh In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own.

30 review for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Clara owns a magical little shop where people can come in to write letters. Clara also writes letters herself, to people she doesn't know. She gets inspired and she sits at her grandfather's desk and she is practically overtaken by writing. She somehow says just what the recipient needs to hear. She writes a letter to Ed who has seen great loss in his life, both his first and second wives died. He is raising his teenager daughter alone and he is floundering. Ava stops into Clara's shop to write a l Clara owns a magical little shop where people can come in to write letters. Clara also writes letters herself, to people she doesn't know. She gets inspired and she sits at her grandfather's desk and she is practically overtaken by writing. She somehow says just what the recipient needs to hear. She writes a letter to Ed who has seen great loss in his life, both his first and second wives died. He is raising his teenager daughter alone and he is floundering. Ava stops into Clara's shop to write a letter. Clara has a magical ability that has kept her from forming attachments to anyone in her adult life. When Clara finds a box of letters left behind by her grandfather, her life changes course. She sets off yo Amsterdam to find a translator since the letters are written in Dutch. I wanted to write a detailed description because the description of the book leaves a good bit of the storyline out. I tend to absolutely love this author's books. I snatched this one up the day it was released without even being able to read an excerpt or a detailed description. This just isn't my favorite of her books. I love how her books always involve magical realism but there may actually be too much of it in this story. The storyline involving Ed's wife just felt depressing. Ultimately the end of the book doesn't wrap up all the storylines. I didn't love it. If you read this one and don't love it, don't let it put you off the author. She's written some fantastic books and I was recommend any of the others in a heartbeat.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    In Cambridge is a little shop that contains thousands of sheets of beautiful pare and many lovely pens. There is also a special desk where people can write a letter. Clara Cohen also writes letters to those who need help. But this is not just Clara’s story. There is the story of Ava who comes into the shop to write a letter, of Ed who receives a letter Clara wrote plus there are letters which Clara finds that tell of a wartime love. As Clara follows the trail of those letters it leads to many ch In Cambridge is a little shop that contains thousands of sheets of beautiful pare and many lovely pens. There is also a special desk where people can write a letter. Clara Cohen also writes letters to those who need help. But this is not just Clara’s story. There is the story of Ava who comes into the shop to write a letter, of Ed who receives a letter Clara wrote plus there are letters which Clara finds that tell of a wartime love. As Clara follows the trail of those letters it leads to many changes in her life. This starts off a rather whimsical story that initially sucked me in. I felt it had a lot of potential and could have been quite charming. However when it got to the ghostly Greer it started to turn more weird. I almost gave up on it at that point. But other aspects, mostly Clara herself made me continue to read. I liked her story and that of the wartime lovers. But too often it felt like it was veering off into too many stories. By the time I reached the end only some of the stories were satisfactorily resolved. Others seemed to end too abruptly. Initially it seemed to be setting up for the story to go one way but kept deviating from it. So while I enjoyed some aspects of the novel these issues kept me from wholly engaging with it. I guess it depends on a person’s own outlook how well they will respond to this one. It is a bit of an acquired taste

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jane Pennington

    When I first started to read this book I was enchanted. Sadly as the story moved on and the characters began to develop, it all became so un-engaging. There were many characters, many sub-plots and only a flimsy thread to tie them together. This is a well meaning story, with a cast of odd types and general misfits. Some of them are pleasant enough, some are dislikeable. None of it amounted to very much at all. It was disappointing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Natalia Iwanyckyj

    Beautiful. Magical. Classical Menna van Praag. Delightful stories. Visits from a few characters from Hope Street. Real magic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes

    Charming story well done

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Lewis

    Got my hopes up a bit too high on this one based on being a big mail freak, so was disappointed to find that letter writing took a back seat after a strong start and became more of a metaphor. However I still enjoyed the book and the intertwined love stories and the magical realism, and am excited to read the rest of Menna’s books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A nice, pleasant read. A little disjointed maybe and feels like the author is trying to cover too many themes. However, overall, I liked it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    My new favorite Menna van Praag book. Amazingly magical. Full of heart and beautiful characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    A sweet, cheeky, well-written and insightful novel about love, resilience and self-discovery. The story follows Clara as she sets out on an adventure to reawaken herself and solve a family mystery, helping people along the way with her gift for writing special letters. A great read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Nutting

    The opening chapter is great writing introducing you to the shop (The Lost Art Of Letter Writing) and its owner, Clara. Once you've met the main character and the shop, and want to know more, the author doesn't deliver. The rest of the book is about ~8 people, who are not really related to the story. The ending is less than satisfying (doesn't tie everything up well). The opening chapter is great writing introducing you to the shop (The Lost Art Of Letter Writing) and its owner, Clara. Once you've met the main character and the shop, and want to know more, the author doesn't deliver. The rest of the book is about ~8 people, who are not really related to the story. The ending is less than satisfying (doesn't tie everything up well).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I have read a few of Menna's books, and each of them were unique in their own way, which is why I always read more of her books! In terms of this particular book, I would have to give it a 3.5 as opposed to a 3, as I enjoyed the book however, not to the point of absolutely loving it. I felt that the book had a great premise of characters, which started by introducing Clara, a woman who owns a letter shop, in which she persuades her customers to write letters to important people in their lives. T I have read a few of Menna's books, and each of them were unique in their own way, which is why I always read more of her books! In terms of this particular book, I would have to give it a 3.5 as opposed to a 3, as I enjoyed the book however, not to the point of absolutely loving it. I felt that the book had a great premise of characters, which started by introducing Clara, a woman who owns a letter shop, in which she persuades her customers to write letters to important people in their lives. Through her shop, she then meets Ava, who writes a letter to her sister, Helen, and vows to make things right in her own life. As the book goes on, we then learn of Clara's intentions to write letters to strangers, giving them words of wisdom, which often lead to big changes, which is what happened with Edward. After receiving Clara's letters, Edward begins to see his dead wife, Greer, who reappears as a ghost. Through his interactions with Greer, Edward realizes what he needs in his life, which end up benefiting both himself, and his daughter, Tilly. The story moves on to that of Finn, who happens to fall in love with Greer, with Ava wanting to become his friend however, seeing a dark future in his path, decides against it. Other characters who come throughout the book include Pieter, who becomes an important aspect of Clara's life, and Ross, who becomes, as Ava puts it, her first real friend. As the story continues, we learn how important each of these characters are to one another, and how through letters, one can truly learn about oneself in a multitude of ways. This book did give me a sense of pride in letter writing, and to be honest, gave me the courage to write more letters, something that is rare in this day and age! One thing though that I wasn't too keen on, was that I felt there were a few endings which were left unattended, stories that I would have wanted to learn more about, or see how things turned-out in the future. Nevertheless, Menna gives us the chance to cater to our imagination, with this book being one of them to do so.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joana Almeida

    So, when I started this book last week I said that it was gonna be a 5⭐️ read for me.... well... it wasn’t... it wasn’t bad either, since I gave it 4⭐️ on Goodreads, but there was some aspects in the book that didn’t worked for me! The book is sort of divided between the stories of 4 characters: Clara, the owner of the shop called “Letters”, Edward, Finn and then Ava, and how, one way or another, their stories sort of interconnected at some given point. I really thought that because of the first So, when I started this book last week I said that it was gonna be a 5⭐️ read for me.... well... it wasn’t... it wasn’t bad either, since I gave it 4⭐️ on Goodreads, but there was some aspects in the book that didn’t worked for me! The book is sort of divided between the stories of 4 characters: Clara, the owner of the shop called “Letters”, Edward, Finn and then Ava, and how, one way or another, their stories sort of interconnected at some given point. I really thought that because of the first chapters of the story, some of the characters might end up together, but nop, it all happened exactly the opposite I was expecting, and not always in a good way.😫 This aspects as more to do with personal beliefs and experiences than with the book itself, like, and this is a MINOR SPOILER, there’s this couple in the book, and it’s not your typical, “normal” couple per say (can’t say more about it), and one of them is also in love with another person, but, it’s also in love with the current partner, and wants to have both!😤 This was the big thing that made my nerves start to boil inside of me... I knew the story and I understood the point the author was trying to present, but still....this kind of situations just makes me want to slap the characters so badly! If you’re in a relationship with someone, if you say you love that person, then why go and get a second one?!?!?!? Sorry, but that’s a no, no for me! Even in this special circumstances!🤬 But as I said, that’s a personal thing for me, and what I might have disliked in this book, you may find endearing, for me, those moments happened when Clara found her great-grandmother letters and got to read her story.💕 There’s a few other heart-warming moments in this book and we also get to see two previous characters from another of Menna Van Praag book, which I found super cute! So overall, it was a fast paced-read that took us strolling through the streets of Cambridge as well as riding a bike through Amsterdam, all toped with a touch of magic and romance.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a very enjoyable book, although I did like the Dress Shop of Dreams a bit more. Still unsure of the purpose of Marthe’s letters. I thought the letters were a gift from her grandfather to get Clara writing, but instead it was a series of mysterious letters towards Clara finding love. Which was ok too. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, because it didn’t seem to wrap up all the story lines as I thought or hoped. What happened with Finn and the ghost? We knew from Ava’s predictions it would e This was a very enjoyable book, although I did like the Dress Shop of Dreams a bit more. Still unsure of the purpose of Marthe’s letters. I thought the letters were a gift from her grandfather to get Clara writing, but instead it was a series of mysterious letters towards Clara finding love. Which was ok too. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, because it didn’t seem to wrap up all the story lines as I thought or hoped. What happened with Finn and the ghost? We knew from Ava’s predictions it would end in heartbreak, but that was left unresolved. Were Ava and Edward really meant for each other? I was disappointed Ava and Ross couldn’t be together. I’d hoped stumbling into the letter shop would have diverted him from his untimely demise. All in all, I will read more by this author, because I do like this dreamy and magical genre.

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Idle Woman

    Tonight I picked up a novel for the first time in a month – shame on me! I was looking for something undemanding and The Lost Art of Letter Writing seemed a perfect choice for an autumn evening with the nights drawing in. It turned out to be a bit too self-consciously quaint for my taste, but it’s as cosy and feel-good as a page of motivational quotes. It centres on our heroine, Clara, who runs a very special stationer’s shop in Cambridge. Here, customers are invited to write the one heartfelt l Tonight I picked up a novel for the first time in a month – shame on me! I was looking for something undemanding and The Lost Art of Letter Writing seemed a perfect choice for an autumn evening with the nights drawing in. It turned out to be a bit too self-consciously quaint for my taste, but it’s as cosy and feel-good as a page of motivational quotes. It centres on our heroine, Clara, who runs a very special stationer’s shop in Cambridge. Here, customers are invited to write the one heartfelt letter they’ve always meant to send, and Clara gets satisfaction from helping them tie up their loose ends. When she discovers some of her own, in the form of a bundle of old family papers, her curiosity propels her into a serendipitous adventure... For the full review, please see my blog: https://theidlewoman.net/2019/10/03/t...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Unlike some others, who thought this novel began well and then deteriorated, I found I liked it better AFTER some of the more ridiculous elements entered. To begin with, I found it a little twee and airy-fairy, but when the ghost appeared, I decided I wasn't meant to take it seriously, so I suspended my disbelief and just went with the story. Having said that, I felt there was too much thrown at it: all of those storylines, mostly with tenuous links to each other, and all of the characters with t Unlike some others, who thought this novel began well and then deteriorated, I found I liked it better AFTER some of the more ridiculous elements entered. To begin with, I found it a little twee and airy-fairy, but when the ghost appeared, I decided I wasn't meant to take it seriously, so I suspended my disbelief and just went with the story. Having said that, I felt there was too much thrown at it: all of those storylines, mostly with tenuous links to each other, and all of the characters with their special gifts/quirks, became rather tiresome. I liked Clara's storyline, in the main, but I did not see the point of some others, and, rather than it making sense in the end, some stories just seemed to fizzle out. I did not dislike the book, which I found pretty inoffensive and a reasonable way to pass the time, but it would not inspire me to read any more of the author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ktmholm

    Those who venture into Clara Cohen’s shop in a little corner of Cambridge receive a pen, paper, and the opportunity to write someone a letter expressing their feelings—love, desire, despair—even if that person had passed on. Clara regards this as her calling in life, and sometimes she even sits at her grandfather’s desk and writes letters of her own, somehow knowing exactly what the recipient needs to hear. But finding a packet of her great-grandmother’s WWII love letters takes Clara on her own Those who venture into Clara Cohen’s shop in a little corner of Cambridge receive a pen, paper, and the opportunity to write someone a letter expressing their feelings—love, desire, despair—even if that person had passed on. Clara regards this as her calling in life, and sometimes she even sits at her grandfather’s desk and writes letters of her own, somehow knowing exactly what the recipient needs to hear. But finding a packet of her great-grandmother’s WWII love letters takes Clara on her own quest. Through Clara we also meet a variety of other quirky characters. Though each of these people has his or her own story, occasionally making Clara’s story feel a little sidetracked, it nonetheless remains a charmingly readable, even slightly magical story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Clara has a small shop in Cambridge focused on letter writing, with all sorts of paper and pens. She has a unique gift to help people write the letter that they need. Often, her gift leads her to random homes and people where she feels the need to write anonymous letters to guide someone through a crisis or problem. Her father was a master crafter of pens and she has a pen from him that he has told her will be used to write her masterwork. When she finds a stack of letters from her great-grandmo Clara has a small shop in Cambridge focused on letter writing, with all sorts of paper and pens. She has a unique gift to help people write the letter that they need. Often, her gift leads her to random homes and people where she feels the need to write anonymous letters to guide someone through a crisis or problem. Her father was a master crafter of pens and she has a pen from him that he has told her will be used to write her masterwork. When she finds a stack of letters from her great-grandmother, she starts a journey out of her comfort zone to discover what the letters say and to learn about her past. With touches of magical realism, the book takes us through a bittersweet path to love and family.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own. A strong In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own. A strong start which I loved and a good story but not quite as amazing as I first thought it was going to be. However, a charming and enjoyable read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I love stories that revolve around correspondence. It is such an intimate form of communication, not without flaws but with plenty of thought. Even a sad, bad, insulting or otherwise negative letter requires thought, fortunately in this story, the letters are more magical, as some of the characters are gifted in special ways. It is a wonderful thing that around the world we have such imagination and can share warm, funny and touching stories with complete strangers. I am constantly grateful and s I love stories that revolve around correspondence. It is such an intimate form of communication, not without flaws but with plenty of thought. Even a sad, bad, insulting or otherwise negative letter requires thought, fortunately in this story, the letters are more magical, as some of the characters are gifted in special ways. It is a wonderful thing that around the world we have such imagination and can share warm, funny and touching stories with complete strangers. I am constantly grateful and surprised to discover characters and stories I couldn’t have imagined myself and am even more excited at the prospect of reading more!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ann Boytim

    Clara Cohen owns a little shop in Cambridge that is hidden away. Clara is a great believer in the art of writing letters and those people who enter her shop do indeed write a letter with her special pens and notepaper. Clare discovers a stack of her great grandmothers war time love letters and Clare's hot to find out answers about the contents and person mentioned in these love letters. Clare's journey takes her to Europe and finds someone who will translate these letters for her. Clare is deter Clara Cohen owns a little shop in Cambridge that is hidden away. Clara is a great believer in the art of writing letters and those people who enter her shop do indeed write a letter with her special pens and notepaper. Clare discovers a stack of her great grandmothers war time love letters and Clare's hot to find out answers about the contents and person mentioned in these love letters. Clare's journey takes her to Europe and finds someone who will translate these letters for her. Clare is determined to find answers and she puts her faith in the man who helps her find out the mysteries of the past.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Another lovely read from Menna van Praag, this time around letter writing and the power that the right words at the right time can have on people. Woven in is the power of love and loving words to tell a story. This book ranges further, as the main character does but it all fits in very well. I've really enjoyed these books as a foil for lockdown living, in the same way that I liked Nina Dufort's novels about Romney Marsh. These are better though! They are like relaxing in a warm shower, a change Another lovely read from Menna van Praag, this time around letter writing and the power that the right words at the right time can have on people. Woven in is the power of love and loving words to tell a story. This book ranges further, as the main character does but it all fits in very well. I've really enjoyed these books as a foil for lockdown living, in the same way that I liked Nina Dufort's novels about Romney Marsh. These are better though! They are like relaxing in a warm shower, a change of emotional note and temperature, living along with the characters alive and in some cases, not. Poignant sometimes and sad now & then but ultimately uplifting. I'd recommend these books to anyone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie Mitchell

    You know when you buy a bunch of books in the 99p Kindle sale because the book cover grabs your attention and then you never get around to reading them? Well, this is one of those that I found lurking in my library! Quirky and mystical but with too many intertwined storylines which remain unresolved at the rather abrupt end. The most enjoyable part was the wartime letters which the main character Clara discovers in her attic. I would like to be able to give it 3½ stars as it's slightly above ave You know when you buy a bunch of books in the 99p Kindle sale because the book cover grabs your attention and then you never get around to reading them? Well, this is one of those that I found lurking in my library! Quirky and mystical but with too many intertwined storylines which remain unresolved at the rather abrupt end. The most enjoyable part was the wartime letters which the main character Clara discovers in her attic. I would like to be able to give it 3½ stars as it's slightly above average. Looking at the reviews the author's other books seem to be better so I would like to read more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ulrike

    This was my second novel by this author. I really liked the "House at the end of Hope Street" which is why I tried another book by Menna van Praag. This one here wasn't so good, there were far too many storieslines woven into each other - or, more precisely - not woven but "standing" side by side... it got sometimes a bit confusing for I had to remember what happened to this person some chapters ago. Besides that I had fairly soon figured out Otto's secret , so no suprises there. And I didn't like This was my second novel by this author. I really liked the "House at the end of Hope Street" which is why I tried another book by Menna van Praag. This one here wasn't so good, there were far too many storieslines woven into each other - or, more precisely - not woven but "standing" side by side... it got sometimes a bit confusing for I had to remember what happened to this person some chapters ago. Besides that I had fairly soon figured out Otto's secret , so no suprises there. And I didn't like Edward and Greer's story.. I was so happy for them in the other book (End of Hope street) :-(

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love Menna van Praag's novels. I get swept away from the first chapter and The Lost Art of Letter Writing is no different. I love the little shop in Cambridge where paper and ink call out to you. The characters are so dynamic and well-written, and they pull you into their stories with ease. I love how they become entangled, unexpectedly at times, with one another. This is a brilliant novel full of love and sadness and hope and light. If you're looking to follow along a journey of discovery, wher I love Menna van Praag's novels. I get swept away from the first chapter and The Lost Art of Letter Writing is no different. I love the little shop in Cambridge where paper and ink call out to you. The characters are so dynamic and well-written, and they pull you into their stories with ease. I love how they become entangled, unexpectedly at times, with one another. This is a brilliant novel full of love and sadness and hope and light. If you're looking to follow along a journey of discovery, where you might just discover more about yourself, then this is a great book for you!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suellen

    This is a rare gem of a book. I don’t even know how I found it but I am so grateful that I did. 5-stars all the way around. In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so when This is a rare gem of a book. I don’t even know how I found it but I am so grateful that I did. 5-stars all the way around. In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own. (From the Publisher)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Bit disappointed by the end: all the stories ended with someone being urged to ‘have sex’, Clara’s man didn’t seem at all right for her (no fun, and that bit about menstruation at the end - urgh! Really, would a Dutch man with EAL really know that precise term?!) It felt rushed and unresolved somehow; especially re: Finn, Greer and Ed. The best part were the WW2 letters. They were really heartfelt.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Makin

    Kind of strange. Based on the title it was not what I expected. There was several stories going on at the same time. One was even about about a wife that came back as a ghost and feel in love with someone other than her husband. That story I didnt understand. I bought it for my teenage granddaughters but had to read it first. Language was not appropriate so couldn't give it to them which was a disappointment. Kind of strange. Based on the title it was not what I expected. There was several stories going on at the same time. One was even about about a wife that came back as a ghost and feel in love with someone other than her husband. That story I didnt understand. I bought it for my teenage granddaughters but had to read it first. Language was not appropriate so couldn't give it to them which was a disappointment.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    3.5-4⭐️ read. A lovely whimsical, odd/quirky book that I really enjoyed. It's perhaps not for all, depends if you don't mind suspending your beliefs and going with the story that's often filled with "magic". But I did, the characters were lovely and the power of letters on each was enchanting to read. This was my first, but won't be my last Menna Van Praag read 🤗 3.5-4⭐️ read. A lovely whimsical, odd/quirky book that I really enjoyed. It's perhaps not for all, depends if you don't mind suspending your beliefs and going with the story that's often filled with "magic". But I did, the characters were lovely and the power of letters on each was enchanting to read. This was my first, but won't be my last Menna Van Praag read 🤗

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kari Bennett

    I struggled to fully engage with this book for a while, mostly because I felt the characters were much less connected than others in Van Praag's previous books; however, by the end, everything seemed to come together beautifully. Due to the Amersterdam storyline and her ideas about love, this is now one of my favourites by Van Praag. I struggled to fully engage with this book for a while, mostly because I felt the characters were much less connected than others in Van Praag's previous books; however, by the end, everything seemed to come together beautifully. Due to the Amersterdam storyline and her ideas about love, this is now one of my favourites by Van Praag.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Chicago-Marsh

    I enjoyed this book. It was equal parts magical & interesting, which is what I love in a book. Several characters made an appearance from a previous book, The House at the End of Hope Street, which was an unexpected & pleasant surprise. This was the second reading for me, & I enjoyed it so much more this time around. Give this book a try if you love human stories laced with magic.

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